Q. I’m a CSRS retiree and am thinking about returning to civil service. I’m 63 years old and am uncertain how re-employment will affect my retirement and health benefits. Will I lose all of my retirement benefits? Will I have to relinquish my health benefit and select another health insurance coverage?
Q. What impact does USERRA have on the high-3 calculation? For instance, please consider a hypothetical situation in which a civilian employee/military reservist earned annual income from his civilian federal agency of $96,000 one year, then $98,000 the next and then is making $100,000 when called to active duty at the end of the next year. He is activated for two years, during which time the GS scale gets annual 3 percent increases across the board. He comes back and works a final year, pays his military deposit, then retires after another 3 percent increase gives him an entire year…
Q. I am a FERS employee who retired on a VERA. I was rehired five years later. My pension is subtracted from my pay. When I retire again, will all of my money be considered or just what I receive minus the pension?
Q. I resigned from the United States Postal Service in 1999 after 12 years of service and received a refund of my retirement contributions. If I get hired on to the USPS again, will I be able to buy back my time like the military candidates? I haven’t been able to find any information regarding this situation, only what pertains to the military.
Q. I retired with 30-plus years of federal government service. If I accepted a job with the U.S. Postal Service, will my retirement continue? I’m curious because the Postal Service branched off from the rest of the civil service agencies. A. Yes, your annuity would continue. However, the salary of your new position would be reduced by the amount of your annuity. While the U.S. Postal Service is an independent agency of the federal government, all its employees are covered by the same retirement system as other government agencies.
Q. I am in my 11th year of federal service under FERS with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I plan to take a break from federal service and accept a private sector job for at least two years; but I eventually plan to return to federal employment in the future. 1. Can I leave my TSP account unchanged for the interim, or will I have to roll it over elsewhere? 2. Once I return to a federal job, will I have to have at least five continuous years yet again to be eligible to continue my FEHB coverage when I retire? 3.…
President Trump said: “We are proposing a budget that will shrink the bloated federal bureaucracy — and I mean bloated — while protecting our national security.” If the new administration carries through on his promise, there will be widespread staff reductions. However, some agencies will increase, sometimes substantially. So, if you left government through retirement or resignation, you may want to consider returning to the public sector.